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Harvest

To maximise DM yield, beet is best harvested from mid-to-late November. This is when root weight has peaked and dry matter yield will be highest. Harvesting before this time will reduce yield potential and harvesting later is unlikely see any increases in yield.
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The key to good harvesting is to remove as much of the beet from the field, minimising broken roots and losses in the field. This is achieved through careful set-up of your harvester, lifting beet under good field conditions and achieving an even plant stand through use of modern genetics. There are some yield benefits in harvesting the leaf along with the root, however the leaf contains only 10-12% DM which makes it difficult to store and it could be argued that the leaf is best left on the field where it can be grazed by stock or left to breakdown in the field. Either approach will allow for organic matter and fertility to be retained in the field.

KWS Feedbeet varieties have a field establishment of over 90% meaning that the plant grows evenly and sits uniformly within the soil. This implies that the crown of nearly every plant is at the same height above the soil, easing topping and lifting and reducing harvest losses.
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In general the higher the dry matter, the lower the risk of frost damage in both the soil and the clamp. As a result, crops can be left for longer to bulk in the field or stored over-winter with reduced risks of damage to the root compared to lower DM types.

Subjects Improved beet agronomics

Growing

Seedbeds need to be well prepared, ensure sufficient seed to soil contact and good moisture conservation for fast germination and emergence.

EPD

All Feedbeet varieties come with a KWS proprietary seed treatment called Early Plant Development (EPD).

Soil tare

The KWS breeding programme continuously aims to reduce the level of soil harvested with its high DM Feedbeet varieties.

Harvest

To maximise DM yield, beet is best harvested from mid-to-late November. This is when root weight has peaked and dry matter yield will be highest.

Storage

There are currently three main methods that are advocated for the storage of KWS Feedbeet and Energybeet ...


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